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The Lady Anatomist

Rebecca Messbarger

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print December 2010 | ISBN: 9780226520810
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226520841 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226520841.001.0001
The Lady Anatomist

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Anna Morandi Manzolini (1714–74), a woman artist and scientist, surmounted meager origins and limited formal education to become one of the most acclaimed anatomical sculptors of the Enlightenment. This book tells the story of her arresting life and times, in light of the intertwined histories of science, gender, and art that complicated her rise to fame in the eighteenth century. Examining the details of Morandi's remarkable life, it traces her intellectual trajectory from provincial artist to internationally renowned anatomical wax modeler for the University of Bologna's famous medical school. Placing Morandi's work within its cultural and historical context, as well as in line with the Italian tradition of anatomical studies and design, the book uncovers the messages contained within her wax inscriptions, part complex theories of the body and part poetry.

Keywords: Anna Morandi Manzolini; education; Enlightenment; University of Bologna; anatomical studies; wax inscriptions; theories of body; poetry

Book.  248 pages.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Early Modern History (1500 to 1700)

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